Gaming Update: PS Now, 'Elder Scrolls Online,' 'Titanfall,' 'Batman Arkham Origins'

In this week's Gaming Update: PS Now beta invitations, news about 'Elder Scrolls Online,' a 'Titanfall' beta; and bad news for Wii U gamers.

Titanfall

Last week, PS Now beta invitations started trickling out, PS4 gamers learned they won't incur an additional fee for Elder Scrolls Online, a Titanfall beta was officially announced and Wii U gamers got more bad news.

Sony has started releasing email invites to the closed beta program for PS Now. "With this invitation, you will receive exclusive access to test PlayStation's game streaming service before its full launch and the opportunity to provide your regular feedback to the PlayStation Now team," reads the email.

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Titanfall

Titanfall

Last week, PS Now beta invitations started trickling out, PS4 gamers learned they won't incur an additional fee for Elder Scrolls Online, a Titanfall beta was officially announced and Wii U gamers got more bad news.

PS Now Beta Invitations Released

Sony has started releasing email invites to the closed beta program for PS Now. "With this invitation, you will receive exclusive access to test PlayStation's game streaming service before its full launch and the opportunity to provide your regular feedback to the PlayStation Now team," reads the email.

The streaming service, announced in early January, will allow gamers to access popular games via Internet-enabled devices (including the PS3, PS4 and Vita) without downloading the titles. Two models have been announced so far. One will allow gamers to rent individual titles and the other charges a subscription fee.

The private beta is currently being offered only to PS3 gamers. It's unclear whether or when PS4 players will be brought into the fold. PS Now will officially launch this summer.

The Elder Scrolls Online Won't Require PS Plus Subscription

ESO director Matt Firor confirmed that gamers won't be required to have a PlayStation Plus membership in addition to the game's monthly subscription cost. Console gamers will only have to shell out $14.99 to play the highly anticipated MMO title—the same price that PC and Mac users are charged.

With no deal currently in place with Microsoft, XBO gamers will have to pay the Xbox Live gold fee on top of their game subscription. Asked about the likelihood that Microsoft will allow gamers to forgo their subscriptions, Peter Hines, marketing exec at Bethesda, replied, "It's something that we're aware of and we keeping pushing on, to see if there's something that can be done. We'll let you know if there's movement there."

Check out the game's eight-minute trailer below.

Titanfall Beta Announced; Pre-Order Bonuses Revealed

The Titanfall beta has been officially announced, but we are no closer to getting a firm date for its arrival. Reports suggest that a six-day beta could be coming to PC gamers Feb. 14, but the developer has warned gamers that beta sign-ups haven't begun yet, so don't give information to any site claiming to offer Titanfall beta keys.

Gamers do not have to pre-order the title to be considered for the beta, but some retailers are offering other incentives to order early: Amazon, a mini Prima guide with a breakdown of one multiplayer map; GameStop, "The Divide," an exclusive collectible poster; and Walmart, a First to Fall tactical patch.

Titanfall will be released on March 11 for XBO, Xbox 360 and PC.

WB Cancels Batman: Arkham Origins DLC for Wii U

As relationships between Nintendo and its third-party vendors continue to strain past the breaking point, Wii U gamers got more bad news. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will not release its story campaign DLC for the console due to a lack of demand. The email Nintendo sent to affected customers stated, "Based on demand for DLC content on the system, [we] have made the decision to remove its offering of the upcoming all-new story campaign for Wii U."

Gamers who purchased the season pass will get a full refund and get to keep any material already released. The pass included access to three skin packs, the Initiation DLC and the new story campaign, which is rumored to focus on Mr. Freeze.


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